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Recognizes NASP-approved programs as meeting training requirements for out-of-state applicants.
SEA Credential (Commission on Teacher Credentialing):
Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Specialization in School Psychology (Trained In California): Individuals must satisfy all the following requirements:
- A baccalaureate degree or higher, except in professional education, from a regionally-accredited college or university
- Complete post baccalaureate degree study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester units in a California Commission-approved professional preparation program specializing in school psychology, including a practicum with school-aged children
- Obtain the recommendation of a California college or university with a Commission-approved Pupil Personnel Services program specializing in school psychology. This process will result in the college or university submitting the recommendation online.
- Complete the Basic Skills Requirement. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement for additional information.
- Complete the Live Scan fingerprint process (form 41-LS)
- Pay the application processing fee (see Fee Information leaflet CL-659) once the recommendation has been submitted online by the college or university. Individuals will be notified via email that the application has been submitted and is awaiting payment in a secured database.
Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Specialization in School Psychology (Trained Out-of-State): Individuals must satisfy all the following requirements:
- A baccalaureate degree or higher, except in professional education, from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Complete a professional program of postbaccalaureate degree study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester units specializing in school psychology, including a practicum requirement and supervised field experience with school-age children. Programs accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) meet this requirement.
- A letter verifying practicum and field experience must be on official letterhead from the college or university's education department and must accompany the application packet
- The applicant must verify eligibility for the equivalent credential authorization. A photocopy of the out-of-state credential is acceptable verification of this requirement, as is as is an eligibility CL-606 8/2016 Page 4 of 5 letter from the institution where the program was completed or the state agency responsible for issuing the certificate.
- If the out-of-state preparation does not fit this pattern, the applicant must contact a California college or university with a Commission-approved school psychology program for an evaluation and formal recommendation
- Satisfy the Basic Skills Requirement. See CL-667 for additional information. Out-of-state prepared applicants who have not satisfied the basic skills requirement may contact their California employer about the possibility of obtaining a One-Year Nonrenewable (OYNR) Credential pending the completion of the basic skills requirement.
- Completed application (form 41-4), and, if not previously submitted to the Commission, a completed Live Scan receipt (form 41-LS). Out-of-state residents must submit two fingerprint cards (FD-258) in lieu of a Live Scan receipt. If submitting fingerprint cards, current fingerprint processing fees must accompany the application packet.
- Application processing fee (see Fee Information leaflet CL-659)
Continuing Education Requirements:
Must renew every 5 years through the website; however, there are no continuing education requirements for renewal.
Scope of Practice:
School psychologists with the SEA credential can provide services in public schools (K-12), early childhood and pre-K settings, and private and charter schools. The SEA credential also allows one to provide contract services in schools.
To practice outside of schools, one must become a Licensed Educational Psychologist by obtaining an additional license (beyond the PPS credential) from the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Licensed Educational Psychologists are authorized to perform the following additional duties:
- Educational evaluation
- Diagnosis of psychological disorders related to academic learning processes
- Administration of diagnostic tests related to academic learning processes including tests of academic ability, learning patterns, achievement, motivation, and personality factors.
- Interpretation of diagnostic tests related to academic learning processes including tests of academic ability, learning patterns, achievement, motivation, and personality factors.
- Providing psychological counseling for individuals, groups, and families.
- Consultation with other educators and parents on issues of social development and behavioral and academic difficulties.
- Conducting psychoeducational assessments for the purposes of identifying special needs.
- Developing treatment programs and strategies to address problems of adjustment.
- Coordinating intervention strategies for management of individual crises.
- Supervision of Associate Professional Clinical Counselors, Associate Clinical Social Workers and Associate Marriage and Family Therapists providing educationally related mental health services.
SEA website: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/
SEA document: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl606.pdf?sfvrsn=65c4016c_0
Board of Behavioral Sciences: http://www.bbs.ca.gov/
Board of Psychology: http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/